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IC Promotions: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Spies
NASHVILLE, TN December 2013 – Entrepreneurs can pick up a few lessons from the intelligence community. Here are five key ways you can step up your leadership skills, spy-style.
1. Get hooked up with insiders. Intelligence assets are just as important in business as they are in espionage. Field agents are often judged by their ability to tap into people who divulge important information. Entrepreneurs need to be equally skilled at building their list of insider connections. Your network is your net-worth.
2. Learn to read people’s faces. Observational skills help spies assess threats and recognize opportunities — especially when it comes to body language. Entrepreneurs should also become keenly aware of body language in meetings and conversations. Pay attention to which phrases elicit an engaged response — leaning forward, widening eyes, raised eyebrows, subtle nodding of the head, a flash of a smile.
3. Stay cool, calm and collected. The success of an operation can depend on a spy’s ability to keep cool in extremely high-pressure situations. As a leader, you too, need to maintain your composure. During stressful times, your team looks to you for leadership. A frantic leader results in a frantic workforce.
4. Venture outside your comfort zone on purpose. Field operatives find themselves in a wide variety of places, surrounded by all kinds of people. They have to be comfortable in any situation. Entrepreneurs have to be just as versatile and flexible. One of the best ways to find inspiration, solve a problem or stretch your limits is to actively put yourself outside your comfort zone. Purposefully push outside your comfort zone. New experiences will reveal new aspects of yourself. The next time a curveball is thrown your way, you’ll be more capable of adapting.
5. Sharpen your memory. Remembering massive amounts of detailed information is important in the intelligence community. One piece of intel could be critical to an operation. Even though entrepreneurs aren’t committing complex codes to memory, improving one’s memory skills can be beneficial. Remembering names of people, their influential triggers, and dynamics among key players can help you land bigger business deals.
Think like a CIA agent and you might find you’re more attentive, better connected, calmer and ready to tackle the challenge of running your business.
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